Residents try to reclaim school

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MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Sand Town School is a building that's a little worse for wear, but it's booming with history.

"This was one place where blacks... The only place blacks went to school," explained David Derry, president of the Community Improvement Association.

The school has been around for generations, home to classes and community functions.

All that, however, could change.

Millbrook residents are trying to stop the sale of the building by the Elmore County Board of Education.

The board deemed the school as surplus property.

"I think they should consider what the community, and the activities going on in the community is offering to the surrounding area," Derry said.

The group is considering legal recourse, but they're also working on a plan to buy the school.  That won't happen without unprecedented fundraising.

"Everybody in here knows 20 people, and I challenge everybody to find 20 people and ask them to give you at least $100," said Felicia Bates of Prattville, addressing the group.

The Community Improvement Association is prepared to take the next steps, but they need the public's help.

"It would be a blessing for this community, if we owned it, if the superintendent only would allow us to possess it," explained Bessie Jones of Millbrook.

Elmore County Superintendent Jeff Langham tells WSFA 12 News he'll work with anyone interested in purchasing the school.

The Board of Education is collecting sealed bids on the property.  The deadline for bids is October 8th.

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